On June 25, we will begin a new lectures series on the topic of the All-Night Vigil service. This course will examine the historical and scriptural roots of the Church's cycle of daily prayer as well as pointing out the Patristic understanding of the spiritual and theological significance of this cornerstone our Orthodox liturgical life. We hope that these reflections will assist you to enter into the mystery of the Church's life of prayer and to better experience the gift of heavenly worship here on earth. The lectures will take place on consecutive Sundays following the meal in the trapeza after Liturgy. We will be making use of Fr. Daniel Sysoev's book Christian Mystery: The Order of Divine Services with Commentary as our study companion during this course. Copies will be available in the Parish Bookstore.
The oultine of topics will be as follows:
Lecture One – The Roots of the All-Night Vigil in the Ancient Israelite Temple and Early Church Practice
Lecture Two – “O Gladsome Light”: The Service of Vespers and the Litia and Artoklassia
Lecture Three – “God is the Lord and hath revealed Himself unto us”: The Beginning of Matins
Lecture Four – “I shall open my mouth and the Spirit will inspire it”: The Importance of the Canon and an Overview of Orthodox Hymnography
Lecture Five – “Glory to Thee Who hast shown us the light”: The End of Matins and the First Hour